Draw­ing back the cur­tain to re­veal the darker side of Harry Pot­ter tales

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THIS month, Warner Bros Stu­dio Tour London – The Mak­ing of Harry Pot­ter, in Leaves­den, is un­veil­ing a new sec­tion de­voted to the Dark Arts, en­com­pass­ing Hor­cruxes and other sin­is­ter wiz­ard­ing arte­facts, in what is the stu­dio tour’s first per­ma­nent ad­di­tion since open­ing.

The Mal­foy Manor fire­place will be ex­panded to de­pict the head­quar­ters of Lord Volde­mort’s fol­low­ers, the Death Eaters, as seen in the first part of Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows. You will be able to peer into the draw­ing room that fea­tures or­nate chan­de­liers, an im­pos­ing fire­place and the long, grand ta­ble around which Bel­la­trix Les­trange, the Mal­foy fam­ily, the Death Eaters and Volde­mort sat.

The man­nequin of cap­tured Mug­gle Stud­ies teacher Char­ity Burbage will be sus­pended above the set, and a life-like model of Volde­mort’s loyal 20ft snake, Nagini, will lie on the ma­hogany ta­ble, which will be framed by the cos­tumes of the rat-like Peter Pet­ti­grew and Po­tions master Severus Snape.

Of­fi­cially launch­ing on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 14, the new sec­tion will also in­clude arte­facts and props from Bor­gin and Burkes, the Knock­turn Al­ley shop Harry ac­ci­den­tally stum­bles into in Cham­ber of Se­crets – in­clud­ing the mys­te­ri­ous Hand of Glory, the Van­ish­ing Cab­i­net and the sar­coph­a­gus that hid Harry dur­ing a deleted scene from the sec­ond film.

A sec­tion of Dolores Um­bridge’s Min­istry of Magic of­fice, in­clud­ing her gar­ish kit­ten plates, per­fectly pu­trid pink cos­tumes and desk, will be on show as well as De­fence Against the Dark Arts pro­fes­sor Re­mus Lupin’s cos­tumes, mag­i­cal pro­jec­tor and gramo­phone.

Sarah Roots, vice-pres­i­dent of Warner Bros Stu­dio Tour London, says: “The Dark Arts fea­ture will be our first new per­ma­nent ad­di­tion since open­ing in March 2012 and we’re look­ing for­ward to un­veil­ing it just in time for Hal­loween. It’ll showcase the dark­est parts of the films and in­clude some props and cos­tumes that have never been on pub­lic dis­play be­fore.”

To cel­e­brate the launch, the stu­dio tour is also of­fer ex­tra Dark Arts ac­tiv­i­ties for the school half-term hol­i­days. From Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 17 un­til Mon­day, Novem­ber 3, a sec­tion of the Hal­loween feast from Harry Pot­ter and the Philoso­pher’s Stone will be on dis­play in Hog­warts’ Great Hall.

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